Hello, hello from Roanoke, Virginia! Keith and I are finishing up a quick weekend getaway (without kids) and heading home in just a couple of hours. More details on our trip below, but in the meantime, let's catch up on Our Week in Meals!
For those of you who are new to the blog, Our Week in Meals is where I share a little bit about what we’ve been up to over the past week — as it relates to our dinners each night. This series gives you a glimpse “behind the scenes” at some highlights from our life, shows you how I balance a busy schedule with feeding my family, and offers a few new ideas for your own weekly meal plan. Now let’s back up to last weekend…
We woke up on Sunday morning to a temperature of -3 degrees F in Central Virginia, which was the coldest that it has ever been at our house in the past 10+ years since we've lived here. Yikes!
Our pipes froze, which meant that we had no water in the house.
We hung around for most of the day, hoping that the sunlight would thaw things out, but no luck.
Since football was on TV, I decided to try a new recipe for lunch that a blog reader named Donna shared with me a couple of weeks ago. She was working her way through my free 5-Day Meal Planning Challenge, and she mentioned that these 3-Ingredient Cheesy Crescent Dogs are one of her family's favorite weeknight dinners.
As soon as Donna told me the ingredients, I knew that they would be a hit with my crew, too.
So football watching + Crescent Dogs for lunch = Happy Campers...even when our water pipes were frozen!
Donna has a few tips to make these Crescent Dogs especially perfect (and easy), so here's what she said:
3-Ingredient Cheesy Crescent Dogs
- 1 8 ounce can Pillsbury crescent roll dough
- 8 hotdogs
- 8 thick slices cheddar cheese about 4 ounces, cut from a large block
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- Cut a slice down the middle of each hotdog, leaving about 1 inch on the end in tact (slicing about ¾ of the way up the hotdog).
- Place a thick slice of cheddar in each slit.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough.
- Wrap each hotdog in a crescent roll dough triangle.
- Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake crescent dogs for 9-12 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Allow Crescent Dogs to cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
We got a little bit of ice on Monday night, which resulted in a snow day off from school for the kids on Tuesday (even though the temps warmed up to 50 degrees during the day)!
I took advantage of the slower morning and planned our meals for the week ahead and placed an online grocery order.
I also dragged the boys to Costco for our weekly haul of produce, meats, bread, and more.
He looks thrilled, doesn't he?!
After a video interview in the afternoon (while the kids were in "quiet time" in their rooms), we went out for a short hike to take advantage of the warmer weather.
We had my Mustard and Brown Sugar Baked Pork Tenderloin (stay tuned for that -- it will be on the blog soon),
along with this Magical Vegetable Pie! I'll share the veggie pie recipe soon as well, but it's very similar to my Zucchini Pie, which you can find HERE. <-- That is a delicious recipe, so definitely give it a try...
I had some time to myself on Wednesday morning while all 3 of the kids were at school, so I made the most of it!
I took myself for a walk, I picked up a grocery order, and I ran into one of my favorite local antique stores to see if they had any new goodies for me (they did)!
I came home with some new dishes and photography props, but I also found a beautiful antique bench that I thought would look perfect in our front entryway. It was more than I wanted to spend on a whim, so I left the store and moved on with my day.
I picked Spencer up from school, came home for lunch, and took some measurements to see if the bench would fit properly in the spot where I envisioned it. I just couldn't stop thinking about it!
Then I went back to the store and purchased that bench! I'm so glad that I did. It adds the perfect touch to that part of our home.
The boys had a late basketball practice that night (7:30 p.m.!!!!), but at least it gave us time to have dinner as a family beforehand.
Spencer and I had an open day on Thursday, so we spent much of the morning outside before the rain arrived that afternoon.
I also prepared the Sloppy Joe meat for Friday night's dinner since I was at home and I had a few spare minutes. Then it was a quick meal to reheat the following night.
Spence just wanted to eat potato chips for lunch that day (what's new?!), so we compromised -- I made him a Chunky Monkey Smoothie (and threw in a bunch of undetectable baby spinach) -- and then I let him have the chips alongside.????
We had a delicious new dinner, thanks to a recipe that my friend Maggie gave me. These Golden Baked Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cheese are a regular on Maggie's mom's Christmas Eve dinner table -- largely because they're a simple prep-ahead option that everyone loves. Of course I requested the recipe as soon as Maggie described them to me!
I can vouch for the fact that this chicken is great, and I can't wait to share the details with all of you in a separate blog post soon.
We had the chicken with side salads and biscuits.
Look who was actually smiling when he went to school on Friday morning (no small miracle)!
I spent most of the day taking care of work, house chores, and packing in preparation for our weekend away. It's amazing how much time and effort is involved in preparing for 5 of us to be gone for just 1 night!
I also got a flu shot (finally), but that was definitely not a highlight of my day.
Keith worked from home on Friday, so we were able to all have an early supper together before the boys' basketball practice at 6:00. I served a typical childhood favorite: Sloppy Joe's!
I just used a can of sauce from my pantry with extra lean ground beef, but I also have a great slow cooker recipe for Turkey (or Beef) Sloppy Joe's here if you want a Crock Pot option.
Our weekend adventure started on Saturday, but first: a bright and early basketball game for the boys!
Please note the most adorable, tiny cheerleaders in the background...
When the game was over, we piled in the car and headed south to my parents' house.
The kids wanted treats from Starbucks as we drove through Charlottesville, so I was happy to oblige. Mid-morning snacks!
Caffe Misto + Mini Vanilla Bean Scone
We dropped the boys off with their grandparents, and then Keith and I headed off again.
Our 13th wedding anniversary is tomorrow, so we were celebrating with a quick overnight getaway! From my parents' house, we drove to southwest Virginia to spend the night in Roanoke.
We made a very short pitstop at the last minute for lunch at Magnolia Foods in Lynchburg on the way. Such a cute (and delicious) wine shop and deli! We loved our meals!
I had the Dilled Tuna Salad Sandwich with sliced cucumbers, which came with a side (the apple) + a dessert (carrot cake).
When we arrived in Roanoke, we checked into the hotel and then immediately walked a couple of miles outside of town to Black Dog Salvage. Do you recognize this place from the TV show Salvage Dawgs?
The weather was sunny, but it was soooooooooo cold and windy!
The shop was really neat, and was much larger than I would have guessed. I came home with a beautiful, big cutting board, but there was so much more that I could have easily purchased as well -- some of it was just really pricey.
And yes -- we did see the main guy from the TV show (I did NOT fangirl him and ask for a photo). I know Keith was relieved about that...
And big news here: since it was a pretty long walk back to our hotel, this country girl had her first Lyft ride! I still haven't done an Uber, though.????
Late afternoon I went shopping in town, before joining Keith at the brewery across the street from our hotel.
Then it was off to dinner!
We had a great meal at Blue 5 in downtown Roanoke, which is known for its Southern cuisine and live Blues music.
We started our meal with Caesar salads, corn muffins, and wine.
and even though it's not Southern, I just had to order the Mediterranean Chicken for dinner. The combination of flavors sounded sooooo good, and it lived up to my expectations. Such a delicious meal!
Grilled Mediterranean Chicken + Spicy Hummus + Grilled Naan Bread + Broccolini + Pickled Onions
We spent the rest of the night warm and cozy in our hotel room, sipping on decaf coffee, watching football, and reading books. Such a treat!
We're wrapping things up here in Roanoke this morning and heading back home to pick up the kids later this afternoon. I'm ready to see my babies again!
Have a great week, friends!
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